Tag Archives: Sacraments

You may have been going to confessions wrong. Here’s why

Many of us Catholics are tired of hearing our separated brethren insinuate or even directly accuse us of deceiving ourselves with a promise of forgiveness every time we sin. To them, we make sin easy: sin, confess, do penance and voila: you’re free. This oversimplified notion is wrong but not dangerous to the Church until

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New Hampshire diocese becomes latest to restore order of sacraments

In the name of raising up lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ, another U.S. Latin-rite diocese has decided to restore confirmation to its traditional place before first Holy Communion. Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester, New Hampshire, has begun the process of restoring the reception of the sacraments of initiation in the diocese to their theological sequential

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Analysis: Did Pope Francis just condemn Communion for the remarried?

The Pope’s statements have the internet abuzz – but their importance has been exaggerated For the last couple of days Catholic social media and the blogosphere have been preoccupied with some reported remarks by Pope Francis. The remarks carry weight because they come from an impeccable source – the president of the Chilean bishops’ conference, Bishop Santiago

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Church teaching on Communion cannot be changed, says Cardinal Burke

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The cardinal said that the Church’s constant teaching and practice admit no exceptions Cardinal Raymond Burke has given a new interview, in which he says that the Church’s teaching against Communion for the remarried cannot change. In an interview with Raymond Arroyo of Eternal World Television Network, Cardinal Burke was asked to comment on John Paul’s document Familiaris

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Pope Francis asked to consider mature married men for priesthood

The Church may soon consider again considering married men for ordination to the priesthood. In some areas, the demand for sacraments is greater than the number of priests available to administer them. Historically, the Catholic Church has ordained married men to the diaconate and the priesthood. The decision for celibacy is made before the first

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NJ archbishop sets strict rules barring Catholics from the sacraments

ROME — Even as Pope Francis and Catholic leaders from around the world debate ways to make the Catholic Church more inclusive, Newark Archbishop John Myers has given his priests strict guidelines on refusing Communion to Catholics who, for example, support gay marriage or join an organization that rejects Church teaching. In the two-page memo,

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Ancient teachings on Confession

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The Fathers, clinging to the teachings of the Apostles, preached the importance of confession. Below are some quotes from their writings regarding the subject: The Didache   “Confess your sins in church, and do not go up to your prayer with an evil conscience. This is the way of life. . . . On the

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Church Fathers on the Necessity of Baptism

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Is baptism necessary for salvation? Yes, the Church teaches it is. Christ himself says no one can be saved if they’re not born of water and spirit. However, it is not absolutely necessary in the sense that without it one is absolutely lost. God has a way of providing for those who could not get

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